SPR is a media partner with Gonzaga University for their Green Room Series. Like a book club for the performing arts, this speaker series invites you to learn and enjoy work from a wide variety of artists from the comfort of your own home.
This series offers numerous artists a platform to present and speak about their art. When you have registered for one of the events you will have access to a 10 minute video, and then on the day of the Green Room Series event you will click on another link in the confirmation e-mail to attend a 30-minute Zoom webinar with the artist, moderated by Laura Sims, Director of the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center. You can learn more about the series on the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center event page here.
About the Artists:
EXIGENCE - March 5
Inspired by the mission of the Sphinx Organization, the mission of EXIGENCE is to promote excellence and diversity through choral music within Black and Latinx communities by creating a platform for soloists and composers of color while inspiring and challenging audiences around the country and world. EXIGENCE gives vocal artists a first-rate professional vocal experience within a context that champions the sounds of Black and Latinx composers. Selected through audition, 32 vocalists have the opportunity to use their voices as vehicles for change within the cultural landscape of concert choral and vocal music.
Vytal Movement Dance - March 6
Vytal Movement Dance is Spokane's contemporary dance company. We present the art of dance to Engage, Educate, & Encourage our community with positive actions, examples, and activities.
HighTime - March 13
HighTime are an accomplished trio from the heart of Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland. Combining Irish music with an intriguing blend of modern folk influences, they produce a rich and unique sound and an electric energy onstage. This coupled with intricate three-part vocal harmonies and displays of exceptional, rhythmic step dance, have left audiences worldwide awestruck by their performances.
Ballet West - March 26
From Balanchine to Bournonville and Petipa to Tharp, Ballet West boasts a rich and varied repertoire, elegant and versatile artists and an American style and legacy that is as dynamic, expansive and unexpected as the Rocky Mountain region it represents. Ballet West has toured the world several times over presenting the very best in American classical ballet.
Dahveed Bullis - March 27
Dahveed Bullis is professional actor and director with over 16 years’ experience in the arts (Stage, Film and Music). An alumni of Eastern Washington University's Theatre Arts Program, Dahveed was a Two-Time Irene Ryan Award recipient as well as a recipient of The Certificate of Merit for direction with Flowers For Algernon. He will be discussing his work in Remnants, a stark look at the mental effects of isolation and unresolved trauma.
CATAPULT - April 9
CATAPULT Entertainment, founded in 2009 by former Pilobolus creative director Adam Battelstein, is all about the human body and its ability to transform through shadow illusion. Nine talented CATAPULT dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. You won’t believe your eyes as you watch these incredible dancers become a mountain, a full size elephant, a helicopter, a house with a window and people inside the window.
Jacklando - April 10
Spokane's young band, Jacklando, explores the relationship between jazz, pop, neosoul, and many other genres. With a rhythm section featuring three jazz musicians, they are able to express emotion both through instrumentation and Maddie Simmons' beautiful voice and honest lyrics.
Appalatin - May 14
Appalatin’s foot-stomping, hip-swinging sounds organically unite Appalachian folk and high energy Latin music. The name, Appalatin, reflects the unexpected meeting in Louisville, KY of Kentucky-raised musicians and masterful Latin émigrés from Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Their all-acoustic performances of traditional stings of guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and charango, indigenous Andean flutes, hand percussion, harmonica and vocal harmonies have brought joy and happiness to listeners of all ages.
Stage Left Theater - May 15
Stage Left Theater is founded on the belief that live theater provides a mechanism for interpersonal interaction not provided by television and movies, that it should be a force for political, intellectual and social stimulation, and should be relevant to the daily lives of the audience and the players. We seek to broaden the involvement of the general population by engaging issues of topical value and stimulating the analysis and discussion of the structure and goals of society. They will be discussing their work in Words That Changed the World.
Molly in the Mineshaft - May 21
“Newgrass” group Molly in the Mineshaft finds a perfect balance between celebrating the diverse musical heritage of bluegrass music and presenting it with a new twist. They’ll wow the audience with their upbeat take on traditional favorites from around the world, mixed with roots-inspired original compositions. Expect toe-tapping solos from remarkable players, including three-time national twin-fiddle champion from the Weiser, Idaho Fiddle Festival. Their purpose is to uplift, entertain, and inspire people of all ages through high-energy, diverse music.